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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: May 5, 2008 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We did this one too...

imho Saint Stephen is the ultimate Dead song, transcending and defining their core simultaneously...

timeless and to the point with something to say, catchy phrases and aphorisms open to interpretation,

yet more accessible than veiled landscapes such as Dark Star;

while not steeped in autobiography such as Truckin', The Other One or Touch of Gray;
St. Stephen remains challenging to audiences without pulling rank -
it points it's arrow at everyone...
not just targets we can comfortably feel better than, such as Tennessee Jed, Cosmic Charlie, Casey Jones, Mr. Benson, Bertha or even This Old Building.

St. Stephen (whoever it is) sounds human and mystical, hardly a bumpkin everyman you slap on the back and bum a hit from such as Jack Straw, Uncle Sam, Uncle John, Mr. Charlie...

StSt rises above all the mutual admiration... and then falls flat on his ass like the ice cream kid, but isn't doing it for a cheap laugh...

I love the blam blam of the 66/67 stuff but StSt gets my vote for thee GD hit song #1 of 68/69, and it has a fair share of '70 and still holds up as top shelf,
no matter how good and plenty the repitoire became.




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Poster: Zaorish Date: May 5, 2008 12:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We did this one too...

There is nothing like the 1-22-78 st stephen. Full of mistakes, clearly hurtling forward way too fast, but cearly full of passion and energy and exploration and determination and spirit.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: May 5, 2008 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We did this one too...

wow, can you believe, I'm listening at this very moment to the St. Stephen from 1-22-1978, for the first time!

yeah buddy...
never heard one like it before.

good thing I started with the solo before it, for the transition.

We didn't have beer stands in 1970 venues like the Carousel... no one left during St. Stephen...

sometimes no one left til dawn on a good night!

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 5, 2008 1:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We did this one too...

That's the only post-71 version I have...

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: May 5, 2008 4:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We did this one too...

outstanding... I'd never heard that until just moments ago, thank ya kindly.

Now, I'm slipping back 10 years to SStephen from the unknown May 1968 just added:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-05-00.sbd.currier.5427.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: AshesRising Date: May 5, 2008 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We did this one too...

cream-puff-war: that is a great post -- thanks a lot -- no "empty space" there. One of my all-time favorite lines is "Been here so long he's got to calling it home." ....so pure; so true.

Thanks a lot,
--- AshesRising

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 5, 2008 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We did this one too...

Amen. Well said.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: May 5, 2008 12:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We did this one too...

I too agree with everything CPW said, yet in a DS>StS>E>Death/LL jam, StS is when I leave the room to get another beer.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 5, 2008 1:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We did this one too...

Yikes! Switch to LL...hmmm, suppose that's too late in the sequence (wouldn't want you to listen to so much music "dry").

Get one of those "beer can throwers" in the TV ads of a few yrs back to fling one to you without getting out of your chair. Just make sure the stereo isn't in the firing line.